Stacey T. Garcia received her undergraduate degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in 1992 double majoring in Literature and Creative Writing, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. Afterward, Stacey served as a substitute school teacher in her home state of Idaho, and took some time to travel. She began pursuing her law degree in 1995 and received her Juris Doctorate from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1998 (the school has since merged with another law school and is now Mitchell Hamline School of Law).
Hamline Law School offered a variety of training experiences as part of the school's curriculum. Stacey chose the school, and the area, in part, because of the high Native American population. Being partially a Paiute Indian herself, Stacey served as President of the Native American Law Society while at Hamline and helped facilitate bringing in the first tribal court to the school for educational observation. Stacey was also an active participant in giving Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners (LAMP), and spent two years on staff at the Minnesota Public Defender's Office representing indigent clients. She also received a monetary award during her time in law school from the National Rifle Association for a 30 plus page treatise she wrote on the Right to Bear Arms.
After graduating law school and marrying a member of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), Stacey moved to the Quantico area and became a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Bar in 1999. The marriage ended, but Stacey stayed and began practicing as an Assistant Public Defender in Fredericksburg, Virginia where she established her home and law practice. From 2003 to 2007, Stacey was in private law practice at the firm of Woodbridge, Ventura and Kelly, also in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She established her own firm in 2007, Stacey T. Garcia, PLLC. She is an active member of the Virginia State Bar (VSB), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center (NCADRC), National Rifle Association (NRA), National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL), and Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP). Currently her thriving practice emphasizes criminal defense and domestic litigation in the City of Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. Stacey still travels extensively throughout the world and tries to visit a new country every year.